Baekeland Leo Hendrik

Baeke·land

 (bāk′lănd′), Leo Hendrik 1863-1944.
Belgian-born American chemist who invented the first synthetic thermosetting plastic.

Baeke·land

(bāk′lănd′), Leo Hendrik 1863-1944.
Belgian-born American chemist who developed Bakelite, the first plastic to harden permanently after heating (1907). His invention was a versatile and inexpensive material for manufacturing products such as telephones, cameras, and furniture.